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  1. Looking forward to this build. "Gotta love a Barra..."
  2. Swordfish Mkl L2810 '3UM', 815 Sqn, HMS Furious 1940 815 Swordfish 14 by hegertyr, on Flickr This is the old FROG kit bought at a reasonable price from eBay. Frog Swordfish by hegertyr, on Flickr Although an old kit, it's the best engineered and accurate of the kits so far. 815 Swordfish 15 by hegertyr, on Flickr Although it has raised panel lines, the engineering of the kit allows it to be built in the wings folded postion. 815 Swordfish 16 by hegertyr, on Flickr The decal roundels are original FRO
  3. Hi Thom, looking forward to seeing your build. I have this kit as well, it's very 'Spartan' in its detailing with raised lines and a non existent interior. Still, it's a beautiful and historically important aircraft, and should be remodelled by Airfix. John
  4. 815 NAS, Swordfish Mk II, HS180/S6B, Dekhelia Egypt, 1942. 815 Swordfish 7 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 8 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 9 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 10 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 11 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 12 by hegertyr, on Flickr 815 Swordfish 13 by hegertyr, on Flickr This is the Revell/Matchbox kit and a much easier build than the Airfix old mould! I've weathered the aircraft to represent a dusty, sun bleached, worn, desert veteran.
  5. The Mk88 does have the HMA8 sprue, however, the mk88 tail boom is incorrect and should be swapped for a modified foldable HAS3, but the tail rotor, gearbox housing etc is the same as the Mk88 because the tail rotor rotates in the opposite direction to the HAS3. I think there are sprue parts to reflect this, unless your scratch building skills are top notch. Also you'll have source some decals, this shouldn't be too onerous as the HMA8 is very similar to the HAS3. John
  6. David, the Revell Swordfish is the repackaged Matchbox kit. I've just finished building one and I'll post the Photos ASAP. john
  7. As a former member of 815 Sqn, when I saw Xtradecal's 815 Sqn decal sheet (X72-108) I just had to start modelling the history of this illustrious squadron - Taranto etc. The squadron initially formed at RNAS Worthy Down on 9 October 1939, from the remnants of 811 and 822 squadrons that had survived the sinking of their carrier HMS Courageous in September 1939, with Fairey Swordfish aircraft. In June 1940, the squadron embarked on HMS Illustrious and sailed for the Mediterranean in August, attacking and minelaying the North African coast. The squadron gained early fame with its involvemen
  8. Starting to build the Airfix Mk22. Would a post war Spitfire have a black or green cockpit? John
  9. Nice build, well done. What did you use for the fine HF aerial? John
  10. Well done! What a well researched, constructed and painted model. Best 1/72 Mustang I've seen. John
  11. Wow! This is 1/72? I doff my cap... John
  12. Excellent work! My first ship as well, 1984 - 85 John
  13. SARowl

    Humbrol colour

    Stein Meum, If you Google Humbrol, Tamiya, Revell, Vallejo colour charts you can download them as a pdf. I keep them on my iPhone/iPad so I can quickly reference a colour especially whist out shopping. John
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